Embodied Art Practice

Somatics offer tools for being in the world with enhanced bodily awareness. For artists and performers alike, knowing oneself from the inside out fosters the imagination and one’s ability to be spontaneous and self-reflective. Exercises involving touch, breath, movement, writing and drawing are used to explore the nature of mind, emotion, and sensation. Embodied Art Practice connects methods of embodiment with the creative process. Class is open to all levels of movement experience.

Saturday May 14th // 1-3pm // $12 (performance at 8pm is free if paying for class)



Nickels Sunshine (formerly known as Nick Duran) is a Los Angeles-based performer absorbed in creating a holistic and embodied understanding of place, what has come before, and otherness. Nickels has performed at venues, including: REDCAT, the Hammer Museum, Highways, Pieter, Honor Fraser Gallery, Human Resources, Machine Project, SOMArts, Dance Theatre Workshop, and Movement Research at the Judson Church; and has collaborated with artists, including: Jmy James Kidd, Rafa Esparza, Julie Tolentino, and Gerard & Kelly; as well as danced with choreographers in NYC, including: Brian Brooks, Dušan Týnek, Fiona Marcotty-Dolenga, Mark Morris, and Neil Greenberg. Nickels has been a faculty member at California State University, Long Beach, Loyola Marymount University, and University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Whitman College.